Lambda Legal scored many amazing victories this year in the fight for the rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV. These are advances we would barely have dreamed of just a decade ago – but we’re not done yet.
Today, less than two weeks after the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the killing of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury decided that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was shown on tape using a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner that ultimately led to Garner’s death, will not be indicted.
This morning, members of Congress met to talk about immigration. Unfortunately, they did not meet to discuss a much needed, humane immigration reform bill. Instead, they attacked President Obama’s recent lawful actions on immigration for going too far. But the problem with the President’s plan is not that it went too far — it’s that it didn’t go far enough, especially with respect to including LGBT communities.
Lambda Legal is launching an online campaign against anti-LGBT curriculum laws, or so-called “no promo homo” laws. We’re calling it #DontEraseUs, because that’s exactly what these laws are about: erasing our existence.
On World AIDS Day 2014, Lambda Legal urges those tasked with enforcing U.S. criminal law—from governors to prosecutors to police detectives—to halt the criminal prosecution of people based on their HIV status, thereby assisting efforts to combat the misconceptions, fear, stereotypes, discrimination and stigma faced by people living with HIV that fuel the epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.